Birthday ideas for 4-year-olds

There are many fun and exciting birthday ideas for 4-year-olds. You can prepare the party yourself or with the help of a party planner. The most important thing is to have fun and make the birthday child feel special. So, let`s dive into the theme!

Best unusual ideas

Pajama party

If you are looking for something different, but still fun to do, you should definitely host a pajama party. Children will have so much fun wearing their favorite PJs. You can decorate the room with balloons and other cool stuff in the colors of your birthday child`s favorite cartoon character or animal. And when it comes to entertainment, there are many options.

The children can play games like musical chairs, pin the nose on the clown, and pillow fight or just stay up watching movies all night long! If you want to be more active yourself - join them! Of course, everybody has got their own preferences (some kids love this type of adventure while others hate staying up late) so make sure that this is not an obligatory activity, but more like an option.

Be sure to warn all the parents that you are planning to keep the party going all night long so that nobody feels offended.

The circus is in town

It`s great because you can involve all of your friends and it doesn`t cost much either. You can buy colorful fabric (red, blue, or yellow) and then use this material to make tents (outline their shape with chalk on the ground). The bigger they are - the more kids will fit inside! Now, you need to get all sorts of stuff like feather boas, animal masks, glitter makeup kits, etc. Then let everybody choose what he or she wants to wear.

After that, you can all play different games as Simon says or Red light Green light and there`s also an option for a dance party if they like it too.

Remember: this type of birthday idea for 4-year-olds works best in the open air and with lots of kids! This is not really a party that your kid will remember for years (apart from the fact that they most likely had more fun than their parents).

The Dream catcher

This idea has got to be one of our favorites because you are truly making something beautiful together with your friends! You can use old pieces of fabric, newspaper pages, feathers, etc. to create dream catchers together. It may look complicated but it`s not, you just need to follow the steps and weave the material together.

When it comes to decoration, you can hang them all around: in your garden, on trees, or even inside of your living room! Just make sure that they are spaced out so that everyone has enough space to dance around!

You can also prepare many other indoor games for four-year-olds such as treasure hunts (use balloons as a clue) and baking cakes. And if your kid is mad about animals - why don`t you go visit petting zoos? It doesn`t really matter what type of party do you plan because as long as everybody ends up happy and satisfied - nothing else matters.

Camping in your backyard

This is definitely a birthday idea for 4-year-olds that will get them excited! All you need is to pitch a tent in your backyard, prepare some snacks and drinks and you are good to go! You can even make it more exciting by playing games like treasure hunts (hide objects around the tents) and telling stories by the fire.

You have to prepare your backyard well before the party though, because if it`s full of leaves and branches - it will be very hard to clean up afterward. If the weather is not on your side, you can always move everything inside - but that`s just not as much fun, right?

Theme party

Another great idea is to have a themed birthday party. This can be based on any character or activity that your child loves. It could be a movie character such as Elsa from Frozen or Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, or a sport such as tennis or soccer. If you are not sure what your child would like best, ask them directly!

They will probably have some great ideas and will enjoy helping you plan the party. You can find many decors, games, and activities related to different themes online, so it’s not hard to organize this type of celebration. Just make sure that everything is colorful and festive to fit the mood.

Think about the costumes you are going to wear. It could be very difficult for some kids to sit still in uncomfortable fancy dress, so think about how your child will feel when they are wearing the costume.

Pirate party

Ahoy, there mateys! This type of birthday idea for 4-year-olds is perfect if your child loves going on adventures. You can prepare a treasure hunt (hide small treasures all-around your house) and set up a pirate ship in your backyard. If you have the budget, you can also buy some plastic pirate swords, hats, and eye patches.

Food is an important part of every party and pirates obviously love their rum! So you can prepare some fun drinks like piña coladas and serve them in glasses with little paper umbrellas sticking out. You can also make delicious snacks such as sandwiches cut into the shape of fishes or biscuits decorated to look like skulls and bones.

This type of party is definitely more exciting than just having a pool party or something similar.

Favorite cartoon party

If your child’s favorite cartoon is not something too adventurous, you could always have a party based on their favorite characters. This could be anything from Dora the Explorer to Peppa Pig. You can find many decorations and games related to these characters online, so it will be very easy for you to plan everything.

You can also prepare some food that your child loves such as pancakes with different flavors of syrup or cookies in the shape of cartoon characters. And don’t forget about drinks! Cartoons usually have amazing colors and so you can choose drinks that match this theme perfectly. For example, lemonade or fruit punch.

This type of party is perfect if your child wants to invite all their friends over!

Arcade party

Another great idea for a 4-year-old party is to go to the local arcade center or bowling alley. All you need is a bunch of coupons that can be exchanged for tokens at the cashier. Make sure that every child receives enough coupons to buy his/her favorite games because it will make them feel super special! You can also prepare some snacks to keep them full until lunchtime.

If your budget allows, you could even hire an organizer who would take care of everything so you don’t have to worry about anything except having fun!

Pizza party

Last but not least - pizza party! This birthday idea for 4-year-olds is perfect if your child loves food and has no problems with sharing all their toys with their friends. All you need is to order a few pizzas (or make them yourself if you are feeling adventurous) and some drinks. You can also prepare some games such as “pin the slice of pizza on the pizza” or “guess how many slices are in the box”.


When it comes to decorations, you can go all out or keep it simple. If you are looking for some cheap ideas, you can use streamers, balloons, and colorful paper plates. You can also make party hats and favors for the kids (use construction paper, stickers, and glitter).

If you have a little more money to spend, you can buy some helium balloons, create a photo booth or even get a custom cake made. Just make sure that everything is in line with the theme of the party!


You don’t need to prepare a huge feast for a four-year-old birthday party - in fact, they are probably going to be more interested in the snacks than in the main course! You can serve pizza, sandwiches, cake, and fruit. And don’t forget to prepare a few special treats for your birthday boy or girl.


  • Hot dogs
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Cake
  • Fruit

You need to think about the guests` possible allergies and intolerances when you plan your menu.


There are many different games that you can play at a four-year-old birthday party. You can have a treasure hunt, play tag or even organize a dance party. If you are looking for some more ideas, you can find them online or in children’s books. Just make sure that all the games are easy to understand and fun for everyone.

Party favors

You can buy party favors in many places, such as toy stores and supermarkets. You can get everything from small gifts such as stickers and coloring pens to more expensive presents like remote control cars or dolls. Just make sure that the toys are age-appropriate and not too noisy!

If you don’t want to spend money on stuff for the kids, you can always go back to making your own presents (use construction paper and markers). This will help you save some money and teach your child about the value of handmade items.

Ideas for the gift

  • Lego: every child loves to build things with lego! You can get sets or you can make one yourself.
  • Books: children love to read, so books are always a good idea. Get them something about their favorite movie character or sport - they will love it!
  • A new toy: if your child doesn’t have anything that they are pining for, then you can always get them some cool toys. Popular gifts include puzzles and action figures.
  • Pet: this is a bit of a bigger present, but it can be really great for kids who love animals. You can get them a hamster, a fish or even a small dog. Just make sure that you are prepared to take care of the pet!
  • Tickets to an amusement park: this is a great present for kids who love excitement! It will keep them entertained for hours on end.
  • A trip: if your child is not too young, you could always take them on a trip as a birthday present! This could be anything from Disneyland to Africa - the possibilities are endless.
  • Swimming lessons: if your child loves water, this is a great present. They will learn to swim and have fun at the same time!

As you can see, organizing a party for a four-year-old isn’t that difficult after all. Just make sure that you know what kind of gifts they like and choose suitable games. If you need more ideas, check out some children’s books or other parents in your neighborhood!